Why Do Dogs Bark?
“Barking is a dog’s way of communicating with the world, but some breeds tend to be quieter than others,” says Gina DiNardo, executive secretary of the American Kennel Club. “Certain breeds are just quieter by nature, while others are naturally more vocal, and then there are environmental factors that contribute to barking. Dogs may bark at animals they see outside, while others bark out of boredom, for attention, or because of separation anxiety. All dogs, including quieter breeds, need the appropriate amount of mental stimulation, physical activity, and human interaction to keep them happy and not barking unnecessarily.”
Individual temperament also tends to play a factor in whether dogs bark excessively, says dog trainer and pet expert Amy Robinson. “Take two pups from the same litter and one may be a real talker while another is mostly quiet, even thought they are the same breed,” she says. “Some dogs are content to observe their surroundings and interact with them at their leisure, not feeling the need to vocalize much, and others thrust themselves into every situation, wanting to be at the center of things and use their voices to shine the spotlight on themselves.”
If you’re looking for a breed that tends to be quieter than others, check out these suggestions from DiNardo and Robinson. Remember, every breed has individual variation.